Kevin and Tammy Belkholm
The Belkholm farm is located in southern Kanabec County. It began when Kevin’s great-grandparents moved to Grass Lake Township from Illinois in 1885. Kevin’s grandfather, Albert, later moved north a half-mile and started the dairy farm, building his first barn in 1936. Kevin’s parents, Chester and Violet, built the second, attached barn in the 1950s. Kevin built an addition in 1982. The Belkholms milked cows in this tie-stall barn until 1996.
In that same year, Kevin and Tammy began the process of building a 300-cow free stall, parlor facility, fully utilizing the farm’s tie-stall barn and loafing shed with additional free stalls, with a goal of increasing cow numbers in preparation for completion of the larger dairy.
In 1997, the cows were moved to the new facility and the family began milking three times a day. A pack barn addition was added in 2006 for dry and fresh cows. The Belkholms farm 1,000 acres of corn and alfalfa and provide custom chopping for several dairy and beef farmers in the area.
The Belkholms have four children: Erica, Michael, Ross and BreAnna. The family has several employees who help run the dairy and they host numerous international students interested in agriculture including their current trainees, Caio and Marcos, from Brazil.
Kevin is general manager of the farm, managing employees, cattle nutrition, young stock and crop production. Tammy maintains cow records, bookkeeping and fills in with other chores. Kevin currently serves on the Kanabec County Soil and Water Conservation Board and is a past board member of the Kanabec Co-op board. Tammy has served in the Kanabec County ADA, Farm Bureau and with church activities.